Impact of Land Conservation

Mom & child at Rough Meadows in summer © Jerry & Marcy Monkman (
© Jerry & Marcy Monkman (

Mass Audubon actively protects over 40,000 acres of land across Massachusetts and is now the largest private conservation landowner in the Commonwealth. This land provides wildlife with undisturbed habitat in which to breed, corridors along which to migrate, and rich settings in which to thrive. It provides people with sanctuaries to experience the restorative benefits of nature, outdoor education where their children can learn about the circle of life, and ample space to explore the wonders of nature.

In a world experiencing rapid climate change, land conservation helps prepare us for the future by preserving the elements of nature that wildlife and people will need in order to adapt. 

Key Accomplishments from FY 2020


Land that was protected in 2020 at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Additional acres of land protected. This includes 110 acres and more than a mile of coastline at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.



The "Wolf Tree" at Conway Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (by Rosemary Mosco)
Conway Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Total acres of protected land owned by Mass Audubon at the end of the year. 


Bob Wilber with 2020 land protection partner Jen Howard

Portion of projects that were completed in partnership with other conservation organizations—public and private.



Aerial view of newly-protected former golf course in Northampton
Nashawannock Brook

Acres of land we do not own but still conserve via Conservation Restrictions that we hold. This allows us to monitor and ensure the protection of these natural areas.


Young boy holding binoculars while looking up at the sky

Fair market value of the additional land protected. Actual value? Priceless.



Land donors Gladys and Scott Olson
Land donors Gladys & Scott Olson

Families put their land into conservation by making outright gifts of land to Mass Audubon or selling at a reduced price.